Arena Report - Blue Cross Arena
Tonight, WWE returns to the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. for RAW. Formerly known as the Rochester Community War Memorial Arena, the venue underwent $41 million in renovations before reopening as the Blue Cross Arena in 1998. The BCA is the home for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, the Rochester Razorsharks of the American Basketball Association and the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League. It has a maximum seating capacity of 12,428, and was the host of the 1956 NBA All-Star Game.
As the War Memorial, the site hosted WWE In Your House XIV in April 1997, where Undertaker retained his WWE Championship against Mankind after delivering a Tombstone Piledriver on Foley for the pin. The ’97 event also saw a youthful Rocky Maivia lose by count out to Savio Vega. Rocky kept his Intercontinental Championship, but suffered a thrashing by the members of the Nation of Domination after the match. Bret “Hit Man” Hart took on Stone Cold Steve Austin that night as well. The Rattlesnake locked Hart in the Sharpshooter and seemed to be headed for victory, until the British Bulldog interfered, smashing Austin in the head with a steel chair, giving Stone Cold the DQ victory.
At SmackDown in April ‘02, The Rock finally made his way back to Rochester! The Great One was in the ring to tell Chris Jericho and Kurt Angle that the opportunity to face the Undisputed Champion, Triple H, at Backlash shouldn’t go to either of them, but instead should be awarded to The Rock’s WrestleMania X8 opponent, Hulk Hogan. The crowd apparently agreed with the People’s Champ, as chants for Hogan echoed through the Up-State arena.
At a July 2005 edition of SmackDown, JBL, with the help of Randy Orton, came out on top of his No. 1 contender match against Undertaker to earn the right to take on Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam. Taker seemingly had the match in hand until Orton swooped in to hit the Phenom with the RKO, pulling a barely conscious Bradshaw overtop of Undertaker for the win.
With the original D-Generation X back together, Edge going one on one with Ric Flair, and the promise that Paul Heyman is bringing his ECW crew to RAW, tonight’s RAW from the Blue Cross Arena is one that should not to be missed. Watch it tonight at 9/8 CT on the USA network.